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CLIVE Palmer is daring Prime Minister Tony Abbott to take his tough budget back to the people in a double dissolution election, tweeting this morning that his Palmer United Party would run candidates in all lower house seats, with Mr Palmer himself running for the top job.

Mr Palmer tweeted:  "If @TonyAbbottMHR wants to call a double dissolution election @PalmerUtdParty will stand in all lower house seats & I'll run for PM #AUSPOL".

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten warned overnight in his budget reply speech that Labor's resolve would not shrink if faced with another election.

Mr Shorten accused the government of ambushing and betraying the Australian people who now "feel shocked and angry" at the detail of cuts in Treasurer Joe Hockey's first budget.

"This is just the beginning, turning Australia into a place most of us won't recognise - colder, meaner, narrower," he said.

"This is a budget that would seek to demolish the pillars of Australian society - universal Medicare, education for all, a fair pension, full employment."

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